Hospital havoc

Hospital havoc

The Mount Gambier hospital received significant water damage after a fire sprinkler system malfunctioned on site.

Two MFS appliances were called to the hospital at 3.45pm on Saturday, after they were alerted to an alarm.

The crews arrived to find a fire sprinkler system in the roof had failed, causing hundreds of litres of water to be released.

The substantial leak caused the roof to collapse outside the surgical ward, with water spilling through the ward, corridor and radiology. Quick work by the MFS, assisted by the CFS and Mount Gambier and District SES, stopped the water entering the theatre.

No patients were affected by the flooding, nor were they evacuated and the hospital is still operating.

Emergency services remained on site overnight continuing the clean up and providing fire watch as the fire sprinkler system had to be isolated.

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